an act or instance of patching or repair.
done by patching or fixing: a quick patch-up job.
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How to use patch-up in a sentence
The tactful Hamad manages to patch up relations, and the two are photographed sitting together on a sofa later that day.
Mrs. Fullerton had herself suggested that Henriette should go over to Paris to see what could be done to patch up the quarrel.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
No, no; when Cupid is bankrupt, there is no use in attempting to patch up his affairs by any composition with the creditors.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
Hereupon all Europe became terrified, and England and Holland hastened to patch up their differences.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
Well, maybe so, but I'm pooty old—pooty old for the doctors to patch up.
Critical ingenuity may no doubt patch up some sort of superficial reconciliation between them, but it can only be superficial.Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
Other Idioms and Phrases with patch-up
Mend or repair, make whole. For example, He managed to patch up the lawn mower so it's running, or John cut his hand badly, but they patched him up in the emergency room, or Mike and Molly have patched up their differences. This term alludes to mending something by putting patches of material on it. [Second half of 1500s]
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